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Career as an Optician

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About Career as an Optician

Opticians help new eyeglass wearers adjust to a new lifestyle with glasses; others repair broken frames or lenses. Using the prescriptions ophthalmologists and optometrists write for their patients, dispensing opticians make glasses and contacts. The prescription designates the specifications of the lenses to be used in the glasses or contacts. Opticians gather information from the patient—such as what they will be use the glasses for, level of activity, and facial features—and make recommendations to the patient using the prescription about which type of frames and lenses would be best for them. Additional duties include taking measurements of clients’ eyes, such as the distance from the lens to the eye surface, or how far it is from pupil to pupil. A lensometer can be used to take measurements for clients who do not have a prescription. Opticians may also look up the clients’ records or verify information with the clients’ eye doctors.


 Opticians are responsible for verifying that the completed glasses meet all the specifications. They fit the glasses to the client’s face, bending the frames to ensure they fit just like the client desires. Day to day duties include record keeping, accounting, inventory, sales, work order placement, and customer service.

 

 

Career Prospects of Career as an Optician

Because of the small size of the profession, relatively few jobs will be available.Increased desire for glasses and fashion frames will fuel job growth.
Eyeglass and contact lens manufacturers and store hire experienced opticians as sales representatives or managers. Many dispensing opticians start their own optical businesses after gaining some job experience.

Skills & Education Required for Career as an Optician

No background as an optician is required to be hired as one, though those with experience as ophthalmic laboratory technicians will also be hired. The hiring organization provides the new hires with at least 2 years of on the job training in the form of apprenticeships. Postsecondary education in a relevant field is required by some employers.

On the job training comprises information about mechanical equipment, optical math, and optical physics. Good interpersonal communication skills are important because dispensing opticians work everyday with clients and customers. Attention to detail and good manual dexterity are valuable assets as well.

Comments/ Reviews on Career as an Optician

  • i have a business but i wanna do diploma in optician can u suggest me any college near vadodara. Posted By : anand, on 05-06-2012 09:57:05 Report Abuse

  • I am working in company & I wish to do diploma in optician as a correspondence or part time. can u suggest any college in thane or mumbai. Posted By : DEEPAK DESHMUKH, on 09-11-2011 23:34:14 Report Abuse

  • I m graduate I want to do opticians course,diploma/certificate Posted By : Satish, on 23-06-2011 10:04:44 Report Abuse

  • I am working in a company and I want to do diploma in optometry as a correspondence or part time.can you suggest any college in mumbai Posted By : sainath vibhute, on 10-02-2011 22:47:47 Report Abuse

  • i want information regarding optician course institute in mumbai/Up. and their duration. Posted By : suman, on 04-01-2011 06:02:03 Report Abuse

  • i need information regarding admission in optician in usa , uk,canada. Posted By : rupinder, on 20-11-2010 12:24:14 Report Abuse

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